Schmitt finally returns to basketball court
Abbey Schmitt dribbles the ball upcourt for Dartmouth. Schmitt, a New Trier alumna, had a double-double in her return from an ACL injury Nov. 10. | Photo courtesy Mark Washburn
Updated: November 23, 2012 1:58PM
New Trier alumna Abbey Schmitt, a sophomore forward on the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after dropping 11 points and 14 rebounds against Bryant on Nov. 10 in Smithfield, R.I.
The double-double came in Schmitt’s first game back after missing almost two years with an ACL injury. The Winnetka native missed most of her senior season at New Trier, but she averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in her junior season and led the team to a 28-4 record.
Through two games — both of which were wins — freshman Maggie Lyon, a New Trier alumna, sits second on the Northwestern women’s basketball team in scoring with an average of 17 points per game.
The forward from Wilmette led the Wildcats with 21 points in her first regular season game, a 79–69 win against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 9, then followed that up with 13 points in Northwestern’s 82–72 win against Central Michigan Nov. 11.
Lyon is shooting 50 percent from the field and is also averaging 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 steals per game for the Wildcats.
Also contributing for the Wildcats this season is junior guard Meghan McKeown, a Loyola Academy graduate and Glencoe native.
Glenbrook North alumna Ashlyn Mathy finished 77th while running for Oakton Community College in the women’s NJCAA D-I Cross Country Championships Nov. 10 in Ina. Teammate Angelina McNeela, a Glenbrook South alumna, finished in 178th place.
On the men’s side, Main South alumnus Dylan Wallace placed 105th for Oakton.
Despite losing 58–49 to Notre Dame Nov. 10 in South Bend, Ind., the Evansville men’s basketball team kept it close with the help of Mundelein graduate Ryan Sawvell. The sophomore forward and Mundelein native finished with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and a team-high 11 rebounds in 27 minutes in the Purple Aces’ regular season opener.
Buffalo Grove alumnus Alan Baxter, a senior defensive end for the Northern Illinois football team, was part of a big defensive effort that helped the Huskies shut out Mid-American Conference newcomer Massachusetts 63–0 Nov. 3 in DeKalb. The Buffalo Grove native finished with one of the Northern Illinois defensive line’s four sacks in the contest.
That sack gave Baxter 7.5 on the season just half of a sack behind team leader Sean Progar, a Glenbrook South graduate who also recorded a sack against Massachusetts.